Lazio-Juventus Preview: Bianconeri out to extend hoodoo over Reja's men
Antonio Conte's side were dumped out of the Coppa Italia by Roma this week and will hope to banish their Stadio Olimpico demons against the Biancocelesti
The Serie A leaders were beaten 1-0 by Roma in their Coppa Italia quarter-final clash on Tuesday night, a result that ended the Bianconeri's 13-match unbeaten run against Italian opposition.
However, Juve have an immediate opportunity to bounce back on the same pitch this weekend, as they travel back to 'The Eternal City' hoping to extend their winning run in Serie A to 13 games.
Antonio Conte's men, who are chasing a third successive league title, have responded superbly after losing at Fiorentina on October 20, taking maximum points from 12 successive fixtures to open up an eight-point advantage over Roma at the top of the table.
The champions have dropped just five points in 20 Serie A fixtures this term - with a draw at Inter preceding their reverse at Fiorentina - and are sure to be confident of continuing that impressive form this weekend, thanks to their formidable record against Lazio.
Juve have not been beaten by the Biancocelesti in Serie A since December 2003, a run of 18 matches, and have won without conceding on their last four league meetings with Lazio at the Olimpico.
However, Lazio have made a strong start to life under returning coach Edy Reja, who took over from Vladimir Petkovic on January 4.
Reja, in his second spell in charge of the club, has led the team to three wins and a draw, with Serie A victories over Inter and Udinese sandwiching a league stalemate at Bologna and a Coppa Italia win against Parma.
Juve have already beaten Lazio twice this season, though, with August's 4-0 Italian Super Cup victory at the Olimpico having been followed up by a 4-1 home success in Serie A 13 days later.
Top 3 Predictions
Lazio 0-2 Juventus
- 21.95 %
Lazio 1-3 Juventus
- 13.42 %
Lazio 1-2 Juventus
- 11.83 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||26-Jan-2014||Lazio 1 - Juventus 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||01-Sep-2013||Juventus 4 - Lazio 1|
|Italy Super Cup (ITSC)||19-Aug-2013||Juventus 4 - Lazio 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||16-Apr-2013||Lazio 0 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||30-Jan-2013||Lazio 2 - Juventus 1|
|19-Apr-2014||Lazio 3 - Torino 3||SR-A|
|13-Apr-2014||Napoli 4 - Lazio 2||SR-A|
|06-Apr-2014||Lazio 2 - Sampdoria 0||SR-A|
|30-Mar-2014||Lazio 3 - Parma 2||SR-A|
|27-Mar-2014||Genoa 2 - Lazio 0||SR-A|
|14||Balde Diao Keita||Striker|